Telecommunication in Macao

Compared to the European Union, Macao is at the forefront of the development of telecommunications. Under the country code +853, there were a total of 2.30 m connections in 2020. Among them were 2.18 m million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 3.4 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections, Macao is back. Around 86% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 30% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 327 webhosts, Macao is below the world's average by population.

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Development of telephone and internet connections

With an average download speed of 170.72 Mbit/second for fixed-network broadband internet, Macao ranked 20th in an international comparison. The upload rate was only 149.76 Mbit/second (9th place). The quality of the Internet, consisting of signal fluctuations (jitter) and latency, is very far ahead at 20th place.
In mobile internet, i.e. on tablets and smartphones, Macao comes 54th with a download speed of 44.89 Mbit/second. The upload speed of around 18 Mbit was only enough for 22nd place.

The "Speedtest Global Index" published regularly by Ookla is based on several million individual measurements in Mai 2021 from 180 countries.

The following diagrams show the development of the various telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that, on average, every inhabitant has more than one connection.

Access to the Internet in Macao from 1990 - 2019

Broadband internet in Macao 2000 - 2019

Landlines 1990 - 2019

Mobile phones 1990 - 2019